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                                   www.coabe.org                                      JULY 2017
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September 24-30, 2017

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We're pairing research and
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Topics include reading, work-based instruction, program management, ELA, citizenship, 
and much more!

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When: July 17th at 2:00 p.m. EST
Presenter: Eric Appleton, Mark Trushkowsky, and Solange Farina

Title: Exploring Algebraic Thinking in a Teachers' Circle

 The New York City-based Community of Adult Math Instructors (CAMI) will share their process of starting a citywide math teachers' circle to collaborate with other teachers and expand their knowledge of mathematics. We believe in the power of teachers doing math together to make connections between learning and teaching. Participants will engage in an inquiry-based process of algebraic thinking through use of visual patterns and multiple strategies for problem solving, including drawing, different ways of seeing, making charts/tables, and making predictions using rules. Teachers and learners with all levels of mathematics knowledge are encouraged to attend.

When: July 24th at 2:00 p.m. EST 
Presenter: Melissa Braaten

Title:  Rethinking Fractions  

 Do your students struggle with fractions? Do you find students asking to be shown the steps "just one more time?" In this webinar we will explore some of the gaps that adult students often have in their foundational number sense around fractions and look at some activities and strategies for helping students develop this number sense so that they can reason and make sense of fractions and fraction procedures..

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The OAACE/COABE Regional Institute will take place Thursday - Saturday, October 5 - 7, in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, at the Cleveland Renaissance hotel.  Registration opens in July--check the OAACE website for more details. 

Call for proposals has been extended!
Click HERE to access the RFP form, which can also be  found on the OAACE website, under the "Conference" tab at  oaace.org . Deadline for proposal submission is July 7, 2017 . Please be aware that all submissions must be submitted electronically.

NSC's Congressional briefing draws crowd to learn about upskilling policy
A packed room of Congressional staff and adult education advocates gathered last week for NSC's most recent briefing on Capitol Hill.

The event was titled Building Strong Career Pathways: New Research & State Examples to Inform Perkins, HEA, and TANF Reauthorization. It featured highlights from NSC's recent Foundational Skills in the Service Sector report, and comments from three state leaders:
  • Anson Green, Texas Workforce Commission
  • Reecie Stagnolia, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
  • Alex Hughes, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Get the full rundown in the latest Skills Blog post.

State Conferences

July 31 - August 2, 2017
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September 28-29, 2017
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Dear COABE Members, 
As we kick off the summer, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated, outgoing board members who have contributed their time and talent to COABE and the field of adult education:
Deb Bomaster, outgoing Region 1 Representative; Andy Tyskiewicz outgoing Past-President; and Beverly Smith outgoing State Director Liaison.

Danielle Miles, outgoing Region 3 Representative will serve as our Awards Chair, and Kim Olson, outgoing Region 5 Representative will continue her service as Professional Development Chair. 

It is also my privilege to welcome our new members to the Board of Directors, whose terms begin today, July 1st: 
Kaye Sharbono, President; Dr. Don Finn, President Elect; Debbie Faubus-Kendrick, Secretary; David Downes, Region 1 Representative; Alex Harris, Region 5 Representative; Jeff Arnott, Region 3 Representative; and Reecie Stagnolia, State Director Liaison.

We are grateful to the many members who participated in our open election process, both at the national conference and via electronic ballot.. 
Additionally, I would like to welcome the following staff members to our growing team: 
   James Bonney, Office Assistant 
   Jennifer Brown, Administrator

We look forward to a wonderful year ahead with our newly inducted leadership and dedicated staff.


Sharon Bonney
Executive Director

Movie Night Special Reels as a Abstract

We would like to thank the many experts, leaders, and members who participated in the video process.


Get the tools you need to educate legislators, funders, business leaders, and your community on the value of Adult Education! 

Download the Educate & Elevate Kickoff Webinar
"Get Connected-Get the Tools-Get Ready" [HERE], post
in our Learning Forum [HERE], and be sure to submit your adult learner and workplace success stories [HERE]

News Media Outreach
Date: July 5, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT 
Your state and local news media outlets can be powerful key influencers to elevate the support for funding adult education. This educational webinar deconstructs how to use the templates in the Educate & Elevate Campaign Toolkit to build compelling stories that the news media will cover. Tailor the Campaign Fact Sheet with local data about your program and create a news release that highlights your successes. Pitch strategies will be reviewed on how to increase placements and interface with your local media to maximize successful coverage.

Working with Legislators
Date: July 12, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m. EDT
In a highly competitive funding environment, with deep cuts planned for workforce and education, adult educators need a coordinated strategy to inform local, state and federal policy makers about the positive impacts of adult education. This session shares how to conduct a successful briefing to policy makers utilizing the Campaign Fact Sheet, Video and Legislative Talking Points from the Educate & Elevate Campaign Toolkit, coupled with your local compelling success stories and innovations.

Hosting a Special Event
Date: July, 19, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT
One of the best ways to educate your local legislators about the power of adult education is to host a community event where they can see your innovations in action and talk to their constituents who have had success with your programs. This webinar shares information on how to plan a legislative event using the Video, Media Advisory, Legislative Talking Points, Postcards and Signage from the Educate & Elevate Campaign Toolkit. A step-by-step event planning road map will help you jump start your promotional efforts for adult education in your local community.

Social Media Strategies
Date: July 26, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT
How do you harness the power of social media to educate all types of key stakeholders about the importance of adult education? This session highlights key strategies to use through Twitter and Facebook to showcase success stories, important data points, infographics and calls-to-action to motivate engagement with your adult education programs and our national campaign. Learn how to build your following and connect with our Campaign to maximize reach and exposure.


Join us in our social media newsroom and access free social media clips designed to elevate adult education.


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